Washington (UNA-OIC) - United States President Donald Trump on Twitter praised Western air strikes against the Syrian government on Saturday as "perfectly executed", and added "Mission Accomplished".
"A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!" Trump said in a Twitter post.
Trump's message echoed the words of a banner that hung behind former President George W. Bush when he gave a speech in 2003 from the USS Abraham Lincoln, during the Iraq War, Reuters reported. That visual dogged Bush's presidency as the war dragged out, with worsening American casualties, for the remainder of his two terms in office.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon said that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target," countering assertions from Russia that dozens of missiles were intercepted.
"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we cannot allow such grievous violations of international law," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters.
"We successfully hit every target," she said. "The strikes were justified, legitimate and proportionate." Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, also at the briefing, said three sites that are "fundamental components of the regime's chemical weapons infrastructure" were struck.
The operation was "precise, overwhelming and effective," he said, adding it will set their chemical weapons program back "for years." McKenzie said that none "of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses."
Source: International Islamic News Agency